14th April 2012 Burton Albion
January 1, 2000
From the BRSC Chairman: JIM CHAPPELL
Welcome all to our penultimate home match on the decidedly ‘iffy’ pitch here at the Memorial Stadium! Unfortunately our column had to be put together before our Easter Monday trip up the M5 to in form Crewe, so I am unable to comment on it.
Last Saturday’s draw against play off chasing Gillingham was something of a disappointment after Rovers had fought back from being a goal down to take a late lead and, seemingly, three more points.
Unfortunately a high bounce from the Gill’s keeper’s last minute drop kick caught out the home defence and we had to settle for just one. To be honest the performance is probably more important than the result in Rovers current situation, but killing games off is a major part of winning promotion and I’m sure that is something Mark McGhee will be anxious to sort out over the summer months. Seeing what he has achieved here in just a few weeks
I’m sure he will do that and, if the pitch can be sorted out as promised then we can look forward to some great times next season!
This afternoon the Supporters Club has promoted an initiative to improve the matchday experience here at the ‘Mem’ by inviting a couple of former players to be guests of the club. So today will see Paul Randall and Graham Day visiting the bars and taking part in the various activities that go on here. ‘Punky’ and Graham will finish the afternoon with us in the Supporters Club’s Bristol Room when they will be interviewed by Screen Soccer for inclusion in our after match highlights showing. The pair will be in attendance to sign autographs, chat to fans and, no doubt, have some photographs taken. I expect their visit to be a great success and, being so, we hope to make it a regular feature for most home matches next season.
Please come along and join in the fun with two of the great names from Rovers’ past!
What could be better than a promotion season next term on the back of planning permission for a fantastic new stadium and also for the redevelopment of the Memorial Stadium that will of course be funding our move to UWE! Much work will need to be done to bring all this about and I hope that you all have by now played your part by writing in to South Gloucestershire Council in support of the new stadium – our sincere thanks to those of you who have. Rovers are a true’club’, with everyone needing to play a part for us to succeed when we have such rivalry on our doorstep. Before what looks like becoming a sort of ‘summer of destiny’ you can show your support by turning out on May 6th so get your voting slips and tickets this afternoon and let’s end the season on a ‘high’!
Jim Chappell, BRSC Chairman
ORGANISED JUNIOR MATCHDAY PARTIES
Today we welcome a party of soldiers and their families from the 21st Signals Regiment based at Colerne.
They will be making a bucket collection for Alabrae a charity for homeless former service personnel and soldiers with mental health issues.
At the Southend game our Junior Matchday party, Fishponds Youth, made a bucket collection for The Harvey Hext Appeal and we would like to thank all those who donated. Harvey is a five year old with Down’s Syndrome and suffering from a very rare form of cancer and need to raise E300k for a trip to America for treatment. If anyone missed the collection and wants to contribute they can purchase a wrist band in the club shop. Organised Junior Matchday parties have again operated successfully this year and we will be running the scheme again next season. We are already taking expressions of interest for 2012113.
Please email your applications to [email protected] or phone on 07765 254110.
Chris Monaghan won last Saturday’s 50/50 Draw with ticket number 61411 which was sold in the car park by Ian Brain. Chris is pictured receiving his winnings from Jim Chappell and Harold Jarman
On behalf of the Bristol Rovers Supporters Club, may I welcome the players, supporters and management of Burton Albion to the Memorial Stadium this afternoon.
I’m sure you, like me, will recall the match at Burton earlier in the season when Rovers came away disappointed, wondering how we didn’t get anything out of that game. Today is a chance to put that right!
I also want to welcome on your behalf, former Bristol Rovers stars Paul Randall and Graham Day, who are our special guests of honour today.
The two Rovers favourites have been invited back to the Memorial Stadium for what is part of your Bristol Rovers exciting supporters’ matchday experience.
I believe that experience is not just about what happens on the pitch, but also what happens around it on the day.
At Bristol Rovers we are a family and as part of our family we want to invite our former players back. And so today, this is the first of what will be many
other invitations to former players by the Supporters Club to attend and meet you during matches next season.
Normally Pete Aitken will act as host. However, Pete has an engagement he can’t get out of and so I will be looking after Paul and Graham myself today.
Their programme will include a question and answer session in the Uplands Suite with Ian Holtby, an appearance with Geoff Twentyman on BBC Radio Bristol, then a Q and A and the 50/50 draw at half time with Nick Day. At the end of the game, Paul and Graham will join you in the Supporters Club bar to say hi and sign autographs. I do hope you can come along and meet them.
I know these players need no introduction, but for younger supporters, Paul had two spells as a prolific striker with the Club making 239 appearances and scoring 94 goals for the Pirates between 1977 and 1986. He also enjoyed spells with several other clubs, including Stoke City and Yeovil.
Local boy Graham was an outstanding centre half, who began his career at Bristol Rovers in 1974. He went on to make 130 league appearances scoring one goal. Graham also played in the North American Soccer League for the Portland Timbers, making a further 135 league appearances, scoring 11 goals.
If there are any former players you would like to see back at the Mem next season, then please drop me an email with your suggestions on [email protected]
Enjoy the match. UTG!
Brian Seymour-Smith SC Director
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In return, the Share Scheme will receive £10 in commission for each book sold.
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The vouchers on offer range from discounts on driving lessons and MOT’s, holidays, days out and food vouchers, etc.
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